After two years of serving in the air force reserves in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gerald Delay returned home to a not-so-warm welcome from his employer, Ace Heating in Seattle.
The person hired to fill in during his deployment stayed on after Delay's return. That fill-in technician received overtime, while Delay was given part-time hours. When Delay confronted his boss, explaining that he's legally required to reinstate reservists to their original position, he says the boss told him to take it or leave it. (Ace Heating in Seattle did not return a call seeking comment.)
That cost Ace Heating a trip to federal court and $542,000 in back pay and legal costs, according to public records and Delay's attorney James Beck.See Forbes.com: The Warriors Return